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Hickman & Brevoort's Avengers Is A Decompressed Snoozefest

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 01/23/2013 - 01:09

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5191:]]Finally I am getting a chance to catch up on some comic book reading, and first I delve into Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena's Avengers #1 & 2.

I was hoping for something different than Hickman's previous runs on Fantastic Four and FF which took the reader on a roller coaster ride of entertainment, and one that featured only a few big hills at that. You know, an issue or two that holds your attention and you can't put down, followed by four that you could really have done without. That's Hickman's FF to a tee.

Sad to say that Avengers appears to be more of the same as two issues later and 8 bucks in -- a whole buncha nothing has basically happened.

I finished Avengers #1 thinking we only got half a story; turns out I was right as the other half was in Avengers #2.

Back in the good ol' days I believe those two issues would have been combined into one -- and made for a heck of a good first issue.

The first issue sees the Avengers head to Mars to investigate an apparent attack upon the Earth where we meet some uber bad guys.

Now I like these guys (shades of Galactus, Aegis and Tenebrous, and Star Trek); they are cosmic and pretty cool, but wow do they like to schpeel their philosophy, and that continues into #2 as well.

However, I take it Cap isn't the brightest of assemblers as he takes a couple Avengers that really have no business going out into space.

Black Widow and Hawkeye?

The Earth is being attacked by an outside force from space and Captain America brings with him two non-powered humans who use guns and arrows. If you don't understand what I am trying to get through to you, hear it from Jeremy Renner.

Anyway, as the story unfolds and we are waiting for the heavy hitters - Hulk and Thor - to strike, we either get some real lazy and lame writing, or it's a homage to the classic Avengers of yesteryear with the Hulk getting brainwashed to take down Thor.


From there, they sent a broken Cap to Earth, where issue #2 is spent introducing us to the new cast. Like the entire frickin' issue.

That's a snoozefest.

And I'm also sad to see that apparently nothing wakes up with Avengers #3 as M.E. Byron Brewer gives us the low down in his advanced review for Avengers #3.

So that would be 12 bucks in and not a lot to show for it.

I also would like to issue a public apology to Brian Michael Bendis as I stopped reading Avengers comics because of the first AvX Avengers tie-in that saw a whole bunch of nothing happen after the first issue of a "major" Marvel event. 

Tom, it's time to kick things into gear. Dontcha think?

And not for issues 4 & 5 followed by four more of nonsense.

One plus for the book: Lovin' Opena's art.

Further reading:

Review: Avengers #1

Review: Avengers #2

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